TRENTON,NJ - Midnight Friday evening, Gov. Chris Christie issued an executive order to shut down the state government as budget negotiations could not come to common ground. The governor took to twitter claiming, "The Legislature’s inability to approve an FY18 State Budget by the June 30th deadline has forced the closure of state government."
He also claims Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto "unneccessarily stalled the budget process, inconveniencing everyone living in our state."
The shutdown came as a state of emergency order, closing non-essential state offices around the state. The order affects the governors family, closing Island Beach State Park, where they planned to spend the holiday weekend.
A special leislative session was called by Christie to take place at 11 a.m. today at the State House.
A government shut down has not happened in New Jersey in 11 years and will impact many weekend plans around the state, and possible fire work displays if an agreement is not reached.
As of right now all state parks are officially closed and the special session has been convened in Trenton.